Day in history for March 8, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Thomas Atkinson was named foreman of Rescue Hose Company, No. 4. Other officers are: Assistant foreman, Nicholas Newton; treasurer, Peter Frey, and secretary, Henry Rosenfield.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Athion Club gave a musical at the home of Mrs. J.F. Robinson for the benefit of the high school library.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Kiwanis Club voted support for the plan to erect a new city hall and levee through a bond issue.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The shortage of labor in the Quad-Cities is becoming steadily more critical and no quick solution is now in sight, Earl Woodring, manager of the Illinois employment office in Moline, said today. Government contract work in large volume has combined with normal production to soak up the supply of skilled workers and put a premium on their services.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Police Benevolent Association's request for permission to have two pinball machines installed in the basement of the police station was denied by the city council. Pinball machines were legalized by the council Jan. 5 after being outlawed for 18 years. The association proposed to use the two pinball machines for the relaxation of policemen when off duty. City Manager Raymond Botch felt that the machines would not be good for public image since groups of students tour the facilities.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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